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Two arrested after nine-month drug investigation

Jeremy Dysart

James Lichliter

By Joe Beck

A nine-month undercover investigation culminated in the arrest of two men Wednesday afternoon after law enforcement officers executed two search warrants.

Maj. Scott Proctor of the Shenandoah County Sheriff's Office said James H. Lichliter, 45, of 4460 Alonzaville Road, Mauertown, and Jeremy M. Dysart, 33, of 1230 Headquarters Road, Edinburg, were taken into custody after searches turned up evidence of drug offenses at two locations.

Members of the Northwest Virginia Regional Drug Task Force found evidence of drug dealing and manufacturing at 13265 Old Valley Pike in Edinburg, Proctor said. Proctor said the residence does not belong to either of the suspects, but he lacked information on who lives there.

"No one was taken into custody at that location," he added.

The search on Old Valley Pike led authorities to seize a substance they believed to be methamphetamine and several precursors linked to the manufacture of the drug.

A second search conducted at Dysart's residence on Headquarters Road turned up other substances believed to be illegal drugs, Proctor said.

Proctor said the task force used confidential informants to buy drugs from the two defendants beginning in June 2012.

Both defendants were facing charges in Shenandoah County prior to their arrests. Lichliter had previously been charged with five counts of drug distribution from the initial part of the undercover investigation in mid-2012. Dysart was wanted on an arrest warrant for failure to appear in Shenandoah County General District Court.

Proctor said Lichliter was being held without bond in the Shenandoah County Jail as of 1 p.m. Dysart was also in jail on a $2,500 secured bond, Proctor said.

Contact staff writer Joe Beck at 540-465-5137 ext. 142, or jbeck@nvdaily.com


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